I was born in a dark alley in one of the worst winters the area had in several years. My mother was homeless and was trying to find the safest and warmest spot she could to give birth. When the process was finished, my five other newly-born siblings snuggled closely to her to nurse. The weather was not even fit for a dog to be outside.
The day after we were born, our mother found a secure place for us behind a dumpster in our alley by the French bistro. There were heat vents next to the building and we stayed nice and warm. Her soft fur shielded us from the snow and she nourished us to the best of her ability. Some of the tender-hearted staff at the restaurant would bring warm leftovers to Mom. She was so malnourished from giving birth, nursing, and fighting the awful weather.
I will never forget the day that I saw a little boy in the back window of the restaurant watching us. His eyes lit up when he saw us and he came to pet us and give us some food. It turns out that he was the owner’s son and he had always wanted a pet. My brothers and sisters and I barked with glee as he picked up each of us to give us a hug. Mom was a little suspicious at first; but when she saw how gentle the boy was, she approved.
Even though there were seven of us, the owner said that we would be perfect for life on their farm. My siblings and I had been pleading with Mom to let us have a human, and she finally consented. That is how we came to adopt the Lauri family and went to live with them in the country.
It was spring and the barn was bursting with energy and life. We had a whole corner of the barn for ourselves with a little door where we could go out and roam the fields. Mom helped our adult humans take care of the cattle and we children helped with the other animals. My human boy, Todd, was easy to train. He quickly learned how to play tricks and games. One of our favorite games I taught him was bringing him a stick. Every time I brought it to him, he would fetch it and throw it back.
Our family owns a restaurant and knows a lot about good food and nutrition. When it comes to our food, they bring us Purina brand’s Beneful. The ingredients are fresh protein like beef, lamb, and fish. Instead of nasty tasting bi-products and fillers, Beneful is chock full of vegetables like peas, carrots, and green beans. There is a special blend of Beneful for puppies like us and one for Mom’s optimal health. Todd even brings us tasty treats from the complete Beneful line.
I think that every dog should have a human. They are loving, loyal, and are our best friends. I love our family and am glad every day that we adopted them. I am also glad that Beneful is going to keep us together for a long time.